Carbosynth | May 30, 2022
Biosynth Carbosynth (“Biosynth”), a supplier of critical materials to the life science industry, announces today the acquisition of Aalto Bio Reagents (“Aalto”), a leading developer and provider of biological materials to the in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) and vaccine development industry in the field of emerging disease.
The acquisition represents a further milestone in Biosynth’s development, which broadens its capabilities and offering to the IVD industry. Aalto’s product portfolio includes an extensive range of proteins, antigens, antibodies, disease state human plasma and biospecimens used by the leading diagnostics and vaccine development companies around the world working on emerging diseases and disease variants.
This acquisition marks the next phase of our ambitious journey to become a leading global supplier and partner to the biopharma and diagnostics industries. It allows us to offer an expanded range of products to our IVD customers including complex biochemicals, peptides and biological materials. We are pleased to welcome Aalto and its employees and look forward to working with them to continue to grow our offering to the diagnostics industry.”
Dr. Urs Spitz, CEO and President of Biosynth.
We are delighted to be joining forces with Biosynth, a world-renowned supplier with a broad portfolio of critical products and services across biopharma and diagnostics. Aalto’s industry leading products and key focus on emerging disease are an excellent fit with Biosynth’s products, and we see huge opportunities for the platform to be at the forefront of developing new innovative products and supplying our customers with an even greater scale and diversity of products they need to solve the diseases of the future.”
Philip Noone, CEO of Aalto.
CELL AND GENE THERAPY
Xylyx Bio, Inc. | September 02, 2021
Xylyx Bio, a New York-based leader in advanced biomaterials, and Inventia Life Science, a Sydney-based biotechnology company, today announced their strategic partnership following promising results developing more realistic, scalable, and reproducible 3D cell cultures for drug discovery and biomedical research.
As researchers seek to develop more physiologically relevant in vitro models, 3D bioprinting provides promising tools to quickly and more precisely culture cells to develop more effective drugs.
Inventia Life Science differentiates from other bioprinting solutions with their RASTRUM™ 3D cell culture platform, which empowers biologists with easy access to reproducible and tunable tissue models at scale. By incorporating liver-specific extracellular matrix (ECM) components developed by Xylyx Bio, the partners are developing robust 3D bioprinted liver tissue models. Inventia will complete product development and offer these solutions for research and drug discovery applications, with plans to expand offerings to other tissue types.
Dr. John O'Neill, Xylyx Bio Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, stated: "Xylyx is collaborating with groundbreaking companies like Inventia to lead the industry transition to physiologically relevant disease modeling and compound testing 'in matrico'."
Dr. Julio Ribeiro, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inventia Life Science, is very enthusiastic about this partnership. He stated, "At Inventia Life Science we strive to provide an automated 3D cell culture solution to accelerate drug discovery and biomedical research. This partnership with Xylyx is a significant step in the right direction in further expanding our matrix portfolio to enable the generation of complex tissue models in a reproducible and tissue specific manner."
About Xylyx Bio
Xylyx Bio is a pioneer in advanced biomaterials, serving customers across research, clinical and commercial applications. The Company's products provide the full suite of components from the natural cell microenvironment essential for the most accurate and actionable results for scientists working in pharmaceutical development, cell biology research, and regenerative medicine.
About Inventia Life Science
Inventia Life Science is a fast-growing biotech start-up based in Sydney, Australia, that is revolutionizing biomedical research, drug discovery and regenerative medicine. The award-winning RASTRUM™ 3D cell culture platform has already been adopted in leading medical research institutes and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide, which are creating bioprinted tissue models that mimic real human biology.
BioNTech SE | February 22, 2022
BioNTech SE and Medigene AG a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company focusing on the development of T cell immunotherapies, announced that they have entered a multi-target research collaboration to develop T cell receptor (TCR) based immunotherapies against cancer. The initial term of the collaboration is three years.
Medigene will contribute its proprietary TCR discovery platform for the development of TCRs against multiple solid tumor targets nominated by BioNTech. Medigene’s automated, high throughput TCR discovery platform is designed to bypass central tolerance to yield high affinity TCRs. T cell therapy has become a disruptive medical innovation in the treatment of patients with cancer. Engineered TCR-modified T cells (TCR-T cells) are reprogrammed to express a TCR that can recognize specific antigens only present on tumor cells, thereby enabling a precise and potent immune response to attack a patient’s tumor.
“This collaboration with Medigene expands our cell therapy portfolio and TCR discovery capabilities, and further strengthens our ability to be a leader in the rapidly emerging field of engineered cell therapies. We look forward to working closely with Medigene to develop new treatments which address solid tumors with high unmet medical need.”
Ugur Sahin, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of BioNTech
Prof. Dolores Schendel, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Medigene: “Medigene is at the forefront of the development of TCR-T therapies for oncology. The sale and licensing deal with BioNTech is an important validation from a global leading biotech company of our proprietary technologies to discover and characterize highly specific TCRs and empower resulting TCR-T cells to fight solid tumors. This partnership provides Medigene with meaningful financial resources to fuel our next generation development programs targeting potentially novel tumor-specific “dark matter” antigens, further tools to enhance T-cell-based immunotherapies, as well as additional potential strategic deals with future milestone payments and royalties.”
BioNTech will acquire Medigene’s next generation preclinical TCR program, which combines TCR-4 of Medigene’s MDG10XX program targeting PRAME with Medigene’s proprietary PD1-41BB switch receptor technology. BioNTech will also obtain the exclusive option to acquire additional existing TCRs in Medigene’s discovery pipeline and will receive licenses to the company’s PD1-41BB switch receptor and precision pairing library. This has the potential to augment TCR cell therapy efficacy and can be applied to all BioNTech cell therapy programs.
Under the terms of the agreement, Medigene will receive EUR 26 million upfront, as well as research funding for the period of the collaboration. BioNTech will be responsible for global development and hold exclusive worldwide commercialization rights on all TCR therapies resulting from this research collaboration. Medigene will be eligible to receive development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments up to a triple digit million EUR amount per program in addition to tiered deferred option payments on global net sales for products based on TCRs arising from the collaboration and royalties on products utilizing at least one of the licensed technologies.
Biopharmaceutical New Technologies is a next generation immunotherapy company pioneering novel therapies for cancer and other serious diseases. The Company exploits a wide array of computational discovery and therapeutic drug platforms for the rapid development of novel biopharmaceuticals. Its broad portfolio of oncology product candidates includes individualized and off-the-shelf mRNA-based therapies, innovative chimeric antigen receptor T cells, bi-specific checkpoint immuno-modulators, targeted cancer antibodies and small molecules. Based on its deep expertise in mRNA vaccine development and in-house manufacturing capabilities, BioNTech and its collaborators are developing multiple mRNA vaccine candidates for a range of infectious diseases alongside its diverse oncology pipeline. BioNTech has established a broad set of relationships with multiple global pharmaceutical collaborators, including Genmab, Sanofi, Bayer Animal Health, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Regeneron, Genevant, Fosun Pharma and Pfizer.
Medigene AG (FSE: MDG1, ISIN DE000A1X3W00, Prime Standard) is a publicly listed biotechnology company headquartered in Planegg/Martinsried near Munich, Germany. With its scientific expertise, Medigene is working on the development of innovative immunotherapies to enhance T cell activity against solid cancers in fields of high unmet medical need. Medigene’s pipeline includes preclinical as well as clinical programs in development.
Medigene’s strategy is to develop its own therapies towards clinical proof-of-concept. In addition, the Company offers selected partners the opportunity to discover and develop therapies on the basis of its proprietary technology platforms. In return for such partnerships, Medigene expects to receive upfront and milestone payments as well as research and development funding and royalties on future product sales.
About Medigene’s TCR-T cells
T cells are at the center of Medigene’s therapeutic approaches. With the aid of Medigene’s immunotherapies the patient’s own defense mechanisms are activated, and T cells harnessed in the battle against cancer. Medigene’s therapies arm the patient’s own T cells with tumor-specific T cell receptors (TCRs). The resulting TCR-T cells should thereby be able to detect and efficiently kill cancer cells.
About Medigene’s PD1-41BB switch receptor
Checkpoint inhibition via PD1-PDL1 pathway: Solid tumor cells are known to be sensitive to killing by activated T cells. Tumor cells can escape this killing activity by expressing inhibitory molecules, so-called ‘checkpoint proteins’, such as Programmed Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1) on their surface. When this occurs, activated T cells which express PD-1, the natural receptor for PD-L1, are inactivated. The expression of PD-L1 by tumors represents an adaptive immune resistance mechanism that can lead to tumor survival and growth.
About Medigene’s precision pairing library
T cell receptors (TCRs) consist of an alpha and a beta chain, which together act as a receptor on the cell surface of T cells. Medigene's therapies aim to equip the patient's own T cells with tumor-specific TCRs. The resulting TCR-T cells should thereby be able to detect and efficiently kill cancer cells.
The precision pairing library allows selection of specific modifications in each chain of a TCR so that the alpha and beta chains preferentially pair with each other, with the result that improved TCR surface expression and/or functionality is achieved.